Professor Sedat Isci of Aegean University continues to follow the trails of Turkish pioneers in America. During his research under the project titled “First Turkish Settlers in America: 1860-1921'' he identified five cemeteries in Detroit, and one in New York that belongs to early comers.
They started the long track to United States by leaving their homeland; most of them were from Harput (Elazığ). 1.2 million Ottoman citizens immigrated to United States between 1860 and 1921. 200,000 of them were from a Turkish and Muslim heritage and most of them returned back to their motherland since.
Kingsport, Tennessee is a small town around thirteen hours drive to New York. Tennessee, compared to the states such as New York, California and Florida where many immigrants live may be called “real America”.
The US, which was victorious in the Mexican War between 1846-1848, added what are now the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico to its lands. These new lands, which measured 529 thousand square miles, gained even more in importance when, in 1849, gold was discovered in the West.